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There’s so much we can say about Cape May: its got its charming Victorian houses, fun Washington Street shopping area, historic hotels including B&Bs and Congress Hall, and festivals and events at the convention center – notwithstanding its beautiful shoreline and mom-and-pop restaurants.

CAPE MAY MAC / The Viguers Residence

Now the rest of the country agrees, with readers of USA Today naming Cape May one of the best coastal small towns in the country.

STAFF PHOTO / Cape May Lighthouse

Nearby, there’s the Cape May Lighthouse, World War II historical areas, a free zoo and 200-acre park, a nature center, and natural properties managed by The Nature Conservancy.

STAFF PHOTO / Cape May Point State Park Nature Center

Try railbiking along decommissioned railroad tracks for a scenic family activity. Have a farm-to-table dinner for a night out sans kids at Beach Plum Farms.

ATLANTIC BRASS BAND / Cape May Music Festival

Throughout the year there are holiday celebrations, museum and house tours, free movies and concerts on the beach, the Cape May Music Festival and the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, a Tomato Festival and Lima Bean Festival, the annual baby parade, wineries and breweries to visit, and a special ice cream exhibit at the Emlen Physick Estate.

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These are the 10 Best Coastal Small Towns in the U.S., according to USA Today Readers:

  1. Stuart, FL
  2. Saugatuck, MI
  3. Key West, FL
  4. Gulf Shores, AL
  5. Pismo Beach, CA
  6. Newport, RI
  7. Sandusky, OH
  8. Cape May, NJ
  9. Washington Island, WI
  10. Long Beach, WA

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